Fake COVID testing sites are popping up across the country


(NewsNation Now) – With COVID testing in high demand, it’s no surprise that scammers are taking advantage by setting up fake testing sites in cities across the country.

Some send the wrong test results, send the results late, or simply never send them.

“The Center for COVID Control” has pop-up sites from coast to coast. They also have complaints all over the country.

“I still haven’t heard anything,” said Michelle McDaniel, a customer at one location. “It was very frustrating.”

Many of the complaints include accusations of test results being emailed before people have even taken the test and concerns about identity theft.

“At the moment I was asked for my driver’s license number with quite a bit of personal data which I thought was excessive but I was sick so I agreed,” said Liz Gerard, another customer.

The company is under investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice and the Better Business Bureaus of several cities.

“It’s also very concerning because people are worried about their health right now,” said Sandra Guile of the Better Business Bureau. “They’re very concerned about is it a cold, is it COVID, is it omicron?”

“The Center for COVID Control” did not respond to calls from NewsNation.

Correspondent Brian Entin showed up at one of his locations in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The location was just a picnic table and a few boxes. Employees told Entin they weren’t allowed to speak to the media.

Shortly after, NewsNation received a statement from the company saying it would be halting testing for the next week due to what they call “high patient demand” and “operational strain.”

“I’m really upset and devastated because I told people this was a good place to get tested,” said fellow customer Kristen Rupel.

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The Better Business Bureau recommends checking reviews before choosing a location, asking your doctor for a recommendation, and checking out reputable companies and government testing sites.

Otherwise, you could end up with a false result or no test result at all.

“It’s just plain untrue and infuriating,” McDaniel said. “It’s not right and I just feel like it’s something people need to know.”

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